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USB-Based Malware a Growing Concern

USB-Based Malware a Growing Concern for Industrial Firms

Industrial automation giant Honeywell has published new research indicating that cyber threats designed to use USB sticks and external media devices are on the rise. Of the threats contained on these devices, 79% can be used to disrupt operational technology systems. The research was conducted in a study of hundreds of industrial facilities over a 12-month period.

“USB-borne malware was a serious and expanding business risk in 2020, with clear indications that removable media has become part of the playbook used by organized and targeted attacks, including ransomware,” Eric Knapp, director of cybersecurity research at Honeywell Connected Enterprise said in a statement.

Since numerous mechanical frameworks are cut off from the web, outside gadgets like USB drives can give programmers traction into organizations. USB drives have been known to transmit notorious malware strains including Stuxnet and WannaCry.

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